URBANA — Brett Walker seemingly can't stop creating stuff.
The 27-year-old doctoral student at the University of Illinois started a gun-parts business in high school.
He turned his attention to fuels in college, converting waste grease into biodiesel and "slop oil" into pipeline-grade oil.
The Reluctant Townie sat at his computer, eating a small plate of nachos.
The word processor was open in front of him, its blinking cursor taunting him at approximately 60 bpm, or the equivalent of one blink per second. He had always found it difficult to count to one second exactly. Who had counted the first second? And how could they be sure they got it right?
URBANA — WILL-TV will air a new special, "Ebert Remembered," at 8 p.m. Thursday. It will highlight excerpts of WILL-TV interviews with Roger Ebert in which he talks about his childhood in Urbana, his experiences at the University of Illinois and his role as a movie critic.
In early March, monster trumpeter Arturo Sandoval sent a tweet to a younger but equally awesome trumpeter, Alison Balsom:
"Italian Concertos. Congratulations, dear Alison, you are simply amazing."
He then suggested the two of them play duets. Looks like that might happen.
URBANA — "Many Cultures, One Community," a group art exhibit featuring the diverse cultures of Asian Americans in Champaign-Urbana, will be on view through July 1 at the Asian American Cultural Center, 1210 W. Nevada St.
ST. JOSEPH — As young boys playing in the Salt Fork River, Levi Marriott and Paul Cousert often wondered if you could float the river all the way to the ocean.
In about 21 days, maybe as many as 28, the best friends from St. Joseph will finally answer that boyhood question when they paddle their canoe into the Gulf of Mexico.
Getting Personal is an email Q&A with a local personality. Here, Paul Wood chats with radio personality Hallie Marshall, 29, of Rantoul. She's on Lite Rock 97.5-FM on Saturday mornings and assists the WDWS, WHMS and WKIO radio stations.
DANVILLE — The high-flying aerialists and acrobats of Cirque de la Symphonie will perform with the Danville Symphony Orchestra on Saturday at the David S. Palmer Arena, 100 W. Main St.
Does the warming weather awaken in you the desire to ride a bike — maybe even use one to get to work someday? Then why not do it?
Spectators were crowding along the sides of the road next to the start line of the Boston Marathon. The wheelchair participants were lined up, and the top racers in the world were being introduced.
And Aaron Pike was pretty pumped up for his first Boston Marathon.